In Danny’s Special Tree, Danny relaxes beneath his favorite red maple tree in the backyard and thinks about all of the wonderful things that come from trees. Danny’s Special Tree is an M leveled, Early Fluent, informational, lap-sized book.
Danny’s Special Tree is a Danny Science Book. The titles in the Danny Science Book series gently introduce students to simple informational texts and the scientific concepts used to study the natural world and the relationships between organisms and their environments. The lap-size science themed books, Danny and the Monarch Butterfly and Danny’s Special Tree, explain basic ideas about nature. Each book contains original photography and a glossary of new terms to acquaint Early Fluent readers with concepts like metamorphosis and photosynthesis.
Level M Readers
Danny’s Special Tree is an informational M leveled, Early Fluent reader (Levels I-M), based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient™. Level M readers most often read silently and use meaning, structure, and visual cues to understand the story and figure out new words. Level M readers can quickly and automatically recognize a large number of high-frequency words, and use word-solving strategies for complex spelling patterns, multisyllable words, compound words, and many words with inflectional endings, plurals, contractions, and possessives. After silent reading, Level M readers are able to demonstrate an understanding of the text.
At Level M, readers read with high accuracy and process texts with compound sentences, multiple episodes, more elaborate story lines, several chapters, and unusual formats such as letters or questions followed by answers. Level M readers understand dimensional characters, identify with them, and feel empathy. They can talk about a character’s motivations and feelings, and can sometimes predict what may happen next based on knowledge of the characters or the type of story they’re reading. Readers at this level think about the problem and solution in the story, analyze the lesson within the story, notice how characters change throughout the text, and make connections to themselves, to other texts, and to the world.
Early Fluent Readers
Early Fluent readers recognize that reading has a variety of purposes and reading different kinds of books is enjoyable for distinct reasons. They should be reading both fiction and nonfiction/informational books. Reading informational books, like Danny’s Special Tree, provides a different type of literacy benefit to early readers. Reading nonfiction helps young students develop background knowledge, which increases their comprehension ability by enabling them to make sense of new ideas. Additionally, informational texts have the potential to motivate students to read more by tapping into their personal interests. Encouraging students to explore a broad array of informational texts can help them see that the real world is as interesting and amazing as any fictional one. MaryRuth Books offers many fiction and nonfiction/informational leveled readers, suggested and used by Reading Recovery® and Guided Reading educators, when teaching Early Fluent readers.
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